Missions is calling the world to worship the One True God and at FPC, we support the work of missions in a number of ways. Fueled by a passion for God’s glory, empowered by the Holy Spirit, FPC commits to sharing the Gospel and making disciples cross-culturally so that Christ-honoring church grow among the nations. We desire to raise up and send out long-term and short-term missionaries from our own congregation to plant indigenous gospel-centered, self-sustaining churches. We also financially support missionaries whose works align with our goals and priorities.
- Attending the annual Global Missions Conference (November 9-11, 2018)
- Participating in Monthly Missions Prayer (second Sunday of the month @ 8AM in the Ipswich CLC Library)
- Receiving missionary newsletters
- Serving on the Global Missions Team
- Giving toward Faith Promise (You must indicate that you are designating your gift toward ‘Global Missions, Faith Promise’). All of our financial support for our work is mainly raised through our annual Faith Promise giving. Once a year, during our Missions Conference week, we ask our congregation to pledge financial commitments beyond what they give to our regular annual budget. These pledges collectively become our Faith Promise, or missions budget, for the year.
For the safety of many of our international missionaries serving in areas that are hostile to the gospel of Jesus Christ, we do not list their names or organizations on our website.
- Teaching ESL to Immigrants/Refugees
- Helping with the Ipswich Refugee Program
- Serving at the new Bangladesh church plant in Lynn, MA
- Working with local college ministries
- Short-term | Whether you have been given the gifts of mercy and justice, a college student looking for a missions internship, or looking to use your business skills for the Kingdom of God; there are a multiplicity of needs and opportunities to serve internationally.
- Mid/Long-term | Ultimately, FPC is praying to identify, train, and send individuals and/or families to serve long-term in one of our Epicenters. If you are interested in long-term missions or have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
- Browse mid- and long-term opportunities with MTW.
- Steps to becoming an MTW missionary
MTW 1 % Campaign: Our denomination’s missions organization, Mission To the World (MTW), recently began a campaign to challenge every PCA congregation to pledge 1% of their members to global missions. FPC has joined this 1% pledge and we would ask that you pray for God to raise up global missionaries in our congregation and congregations across the world. You will hear more information about the 1% campaign in the coming months leading up to the global missions conference.
Contact Nathaniel Lee if you would like to learn more about global missions at FPC or how you can get involved.
Our Core Values
We want to be faithful to the spreading of the gospel message so that more people would come to know the salvation of Jesus Christ. We believe that the gospel is what changes everything and we want it to be the heart of all of our cross-cultural endeavors. While we believe that social justice and relief work is crucial to global missions work, our primary goal is to plant gospel-centered indigenous churches that plant more gospel-centered churches.
We believe that God calls us away from the status quo and to take risks by faith in His strength for the sake of God’s eternal Kingdom. The Lord calls His people to step out in faith that seems reckless. Yet that reckless abandonment to the will of the Lord brings glory and honor to Him. Our focus is to bring the gospel to the most unreached areas of the world, and we believe that is only through the empowerment and equipping of the Holy Spirit that we will be able to endure all things for the sake of God’s elect among the nations.
We believe that global missions involves the whole of congregational life in the work of the Great Commission as an equipping and sending church. Global missions is not simply a compartmentalized ministry exclusively for specialists; rather, global missions should involve a comprehensive involvement from all of the members of our congregation.
By refining our direction through prayer, a Biblical assessment of global needs, and our church’s unique calling, our church seeks to focus our global missions sending, praying and giving in three strategic areas (“Epicenters”): Arab World, Bangladesh, and China. Moreover, we want to have meaningful relationships and intentionally support and communicate with each of our missionaries. Each of our missionaries has come through and been sent out by our church.
Passion for God’s Glory
Ultimately, we are fueled by a desire to extend the worship of God among the nations. The glory of God is the chief end of all our endeavors and the source of all of our joy.
After evaluating what our church feels called to do in the world, we established that we wanted to focus on three things: 1) pioneer gospel access to where there is little or no access; 2) go deeper where we already have invested; 3) focus on places where there are concrete opportunities for our members that will make it possible for everyone to be engaged in global missions. Moreover, we wanted to concentrate our efforts by giving more support and resources to our strategic partners in three strategic geographical locations (“Epicenters”):